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  • Location: Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)

Enjoy an afternoon at the charming and historic town of Kerikeri. Visit the Mission and Stone House to discover the Kerikeri’s colonial past and its wine making future.


  • See Mission House, New Zealand's oldest standing wooden house
  • Visit the Stone Store and shop for souvenirs
  • Try organic wine and coffee at Ake Ake Vineyard
  • Taste delicious chocolates from the Makana Chocolate Factory

What You Can Expect

Kerikeri and Crafts Half-Day Tour from Bay of Islands

Kerikeri and Crafts Half-Day Tour from Bay of Islands

In the 1800’s Kerikeri was home to the Maori chief Hongi Hika, a cleaver strategist and a tyrant to neighboring tribes. Hongi gave the early European settlers land for a Church Missionary Station and intended to use the mission to secure European weapons to further his war interests against his enemies. A second missionary was built, when Hongi and his followers left kerikeri a few years later. One of the first missionaries the Reverend Marsden is credited for planting grape vines in the area and forming what is now a thriving industry.

The first stop this afternoon is to visit the small family run Ake Ake vineyard to sample organic wine and coffee. Next, step back in time as you visit Kerikeri Mission House and the Stone Store, two of New Zealand’s oldest standing European buildings. The Stone Store was originally built to house mission supplies and wheat, these days you can still shop there for souvenir items.

Finish your tour with a visit to the boutique Makana Chocolate Factory. See the mouthwatering chocolates being made and taste a few samples. You can even purchase some to take home.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This tour was above expectations. The pickup was prompt and hassle free. The tour bus driver was friendly and had a wealth of local knowledge. We booked this tour for a land day while cruising and it ended up being just a small group tour. So, it was almost like having your own chauffeur driven tour; at a fraction of the price for similar tours that we could have chosen. I would recommend this tour and this company to all other travellers.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

The weather wasn't good so it was perfect for this orientation trip. The stone house was very interesting.

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